Summary

Black and white silver gelatin photograph, view looking north-west from the west end of the cooling tower platform of Building 11, Power House, Kodak factory, Coburg, May 1959.

In this image, part of the original security fence surrounding the work site has been relocated to the outer boundaries of the complex. It now includes the preparatory site works of the future buildings, located towards the west (Building 12 Engineering Workshops, Building 13 Paper Finishing) and North Carpark located directly ahead within the boundary. The Building 13 site has been levelled ready for the foundation work to commence, with scaffolding and building materials stored in readiness on the site of Building 12 Engineering Workshops. A large area to the north for the future Building 20, Colour Print & Processing, and the North-East Carpark show only a limited amount of earthworks completed. Two concrete 100,000 gal (455,000 litre) storage tanks for incoming raw water shown in the foreground, provided sufficient capacity for the fire pumps and sprinkler system in the event of a major fire in the factory. Most raw water used by the Power House and factory production required treatment. The area shown surrounding these tanks was to be used by the future tank farm and treatment equipment. Large stacks of bricks were also stored temporarily near the tanks.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as, film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This photograph is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005 after the manufacturing plant at Coburg had closed down the year before.

Description of Content

This is a landscape view looking towards the north-west and down from the west end of the cooling tower platform of the Building 11 Power House. In the foreground are two concrete 100,000 gal (455,000 litre) storage tanks for the fire sprinkler system, the site security fence and sealed roads around the power house. In the background, preparatory works for future buildings is underway with machinery and materials scattered around the site, while residential housing and farmland can be seen on the distant horizon.

Physical Description

Black and white silver gelatin photograph printed on light weight paper, landscape format.

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